Friends! It’s that time of month again …which always sounds a little weird right when I type the words, but you get the picture. Time to see – mostly – what I’ve been reading, along with some other musings and pictures from the month of May. Link up with us!
An Altar in the World (Taylor, 5/5) – wowzas. I’m not sure how I’m just now finding Barbara Brown Taylor, but I’m a huge fan already. Truly, there is Beauty in every sentence.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Cain, 5/5) – I may not technically call myself an introvert, but if you are an introvert, if you live with an introvert, if you work with an introvert, or if you – in general – realize that introverts make up a huge portion of the world’s population, you should probably read this book.
Comic Poems (Washington, 3/5) – Meh. I’m trying to read more poetry, and while this got me headed in the right direction, it wasn’t as comical, per say, as I’d hoped it’d be. (Want to read it? First person to send me their address – it’s yours!)
A Homemade Year (Greer, 3/5) – I really like Jerusalem Jackson Greer’s writing – as per her DIY projects and recipes, I’m not a huge fan. But the woman is zealous!
Fangirl (Rowell, 4/5) – Rainbow Rowell brings it home again. A YA writer, this time she captures that freshman year of college voice – as always – better than any other YA writer I’ve read!
Lit (Karr, 4/5) – It’s a first-time-for-everything month, and that includes author and poet Mary Karr. While I wanted to like her writing more, I’m still in the land of mostly-liking her …it’s a style thing, I suppose!
When You Reach Me (Stead, 4/5) – Winner of the Yearling Newbury, this YA book received high marks …and again, I mostly liked it. Excellent use of the young voice.
Lean In (Sandberg, 4/5) – Were I to find myself donning the power suit in Corporate America everyday, I think I’d give this book 5/5 stars – but as per the overall message of women “leaning in,” YES. Fabulous.
The Death of Bees (O’Donnell, 3/5) – A Sassy Ladies Book Club selection, it was another “meh” to me – I loved the Scottish voice and world, but did not love the overall dreariness.
Soil and Sacrament (Bahnson, 5/5) – I’m having a pure love affair with the tangible reality of dirt + spirituality. (PS: This is next month’s SheLoves Book Club selection …join us!)
Americanah (Adichie, 5/5) – Wowzas. While it took me awhile to get through the book, I was captivated from start to finish. (And another PS: This is July’s SheLoves Book Club selection …join us!)
Reading… Handling the Truth, The Goldfinch, God’s Hotel and The Prophet. What? Only four books right now? What is going ON with me?
I wore… More and more (…and more) maternity clothes, along with this comfy non-maternity dress from Target. [Note: I purchased a cute black and taupe striped dress, which is for some reason not actually coming up.]
I wrote… A finished book proposal (including three sample chapters) ready for submission to publishers. Bam!
I ate… These amaze balls turkey burgers, complete with chili slaw and creamy gorgonzola spread for a little feast with friends this past Sunday. Do yourself a favor and eat them tonight for dinner.
Le bebe? Little Man growing in my womb is now the size of a head of cauliflower – which given all the wrestling boys in high school plagued with cauliflower ear, is a little gross to imagine floating around my insides. Alas, we’re excited for the end of August to near, and in the meantime whatever shall we name the bugger? Convinced he was a girl, we’re still waiting on PNC (Perfect Name Confirmation).
And I laughed a hearty belly-laugh at this…
Okay, and this…
That’s it – for now! We’re off to San Diego this weekend, so I’m sure there will be a hoard of pictures and stories to follow. Otherwise, what have you been into this past month? Do share!